Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” He also said in Mark 10:15, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” We become as little children – with simple, child-like repentance and faith in Jesus Christ – to become the little children of God. God never tells the child to become like a sophisticated adult to get saved, but He does tell the adult to be as a simple little child to be saved.
It is interesting that the Lord said, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children.” Repeatedly, the Lord Jesus Christ referred to His disciples – all grown men – as “children” or “little children.” We who are born again are God’s children – and in some ways God wants us, even as adults, to remain child-like. Not childish, but child-like. For example, Paul told the Corinthians: (1 Cor 14:20) “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.”
This message was preached on the Sunday evening following Junior Camp, and discusses several areas in which the Christian ought to strive to cultivate a child-likeness as God’s “little children.” Click on the links below to download or play the audio file: